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What Are Our Favorite Snacks?

8 Oct

With all the media and healthcare community emphasis on healthy eating, how are we doing? For instance, have we turned to healthier snacks?

According to recent research by Nielsen:

“Hungry? The average person reaches for 12 different kinds of snacks in any given month. Why do we snack? That depends on any number of reasons — reasons that differ by gender, generation, and income level.”

“Traditionally indulgent, easy-to-consume snacking staples like chocolate, crackers, ice cream, cookies, and chips dominated sales during the 52-weeks ending June 27, 2015, but the pace of growth is slowing. While sensibly indulgent products with built-in portion control, such as mini pies and mini brownies, have grown by double digits, healthier alternatives have joined the ranks of the most lucrative snacking products. Greek yogurt, fresh cut fruit, and deli dips, such as hummus, combined for more than $6 billion in sales during the 52-weeks ending June 27, 2015. With a combined growth rate of 8.4% over the prior year, it’s clear that consumers are finding ways to satisfy their snacking needs with healthy alternatives.”

Click the chart to learn more from Nielsen.


Bob Dylan and Watson

7 Oct

Bob Dylan is a true rock legend, with such mega-hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.Watson is, well, an IBM  supercomputer,  which won a special Jeopardy Tournament of Champions against humans. According to IBM, “Watson is built to mirror the same learning process that we have—through the power of cognition. What drives this process is a common cognitive framework that humans use to inform their decisions: Observe, Interpret, Evaluate, and Decide.”

To position Watson as more likable, IBM has produced and advertised a number of short videos with celebrities — such as the one below with Bob Dylan.



Is This a Surprise? Smart Homes Desired Across Generations

6 Oct

There are a lot of stereotypes about older consumers, especially with regard to their resistance to innovations and new technology.

But, according to a recent study by the Harris Poll, this stereotype is greatly overstated. As reported by eMarketer:

“It isn’t safe to assume smart-home devices only appeal to always-connected millennials. Early adopters of devices may commonly be young (and frequently male), but the wide variety of items that can make up a smart home mean senior Internet users are just as likely to have them as their younger counterparts. Senior Internet users are just as likely as Gen Xers, and more likely than baby boomers, to have at least one smart-home device. Millennials are a few points ahead by this measure.”


Click the chart to learn more.



Who Is Today’s Asia Pacific Consumer?

5 Oct

The Asia Pacific regions of the world account for about 60 percent of the global population (compared to less than 5 percent for the United States). However, Asia Pacific countries differ greatly in their population size, demographics, economic emphasis, and more.

First, click the image to see a larger, interactive map of the world from Population Reference Bureau. Then, take a look at the recent video about Asia Pacific consumers from Nielsen.


PRB World Population



Know More About Copyright Violations

24 Sep

As we have noted before, copyright violations on the Internet are a big deal (for example, see 1, 2, 3) — and abuses abound where one site uses the copyrighted material of other sites without permission.

Recently, Intella Blog published some excellent commentary and an infographic on this topic:

“Giving credit to photographers for their work sounds like a simple process, but it can get pretty messy. And since posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the removal of your post or blog − or worse − a lawsuit, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Considering bloggers are financially liable for posting copyrighted images even if it was an accident, the first step is to recognize the different copyright labels and understand the Fair Use Doctrine (which allows copyrighted works to be used without permission to benefit the public). Don’t worry if you’re confused about copyrights, we’ve got you covered. This infographic details exactly how to search for approved images and how to properly attribute them.”


Copyright Infringement: Images You Can and Can’t Share on Your Blog


Clever Innovations from Entrepreneurs: A Video

21 Sep

Entrepreneurs can be quite inventive. For seven examples, take a look at this YouTube video. It has been viewed more than 3.5 million times!!

After viewing the video, what lessons have YOU learned? Which is your favorite product of the seven? Why?



Lego: Innovation and Sustainability Can Co-Exist

18 Sep

Lego is the maker of the popular wood and plastic building blocks and toys, and the inspiration behind last year’s highly successful Lego movie. LEGO “is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.”

Take a look at the video below to see how LEGO is creatively combining both innovation and sustainability.



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